We love growing our creativity and learning from exceptional Theatre practitioners and you'll often find us booked on workshops to develop our artistic voice, push us right out of our comfort zone and test our risk taking. Workshops we've especially loved & learned oodles from have been with Told by an Idiot, Complicite, Rachel Mars, Stacy Makishi, Bryony Kimmings, Hannah Jane Walker, Mike Alfreds, Jeannette Nelson, Graeae Theatre, Secret Theatre/Lyric Hammersmith, Caroline Steinbeis, Clod Ensemble, Clean Break, Geese Theatre and Collective Encounters: Theatre for Social Change. Check their work out, they are all kinds of ace. 

As well as a keen interest in the arts we have a particular interest in the intersections of arts, health and education.

Lisa is currently training to be a Counsellor as has completed Level 2 and 3 of training. Whilst continuing her studies Lisa delivers freelance Expressive Arts workshops which combine the arts with mental health and wellbeing practices. Lisa has taken part in See, Say, Signpost suicide awareness training with Angela Samata, Treating Trauma and PTSD with Dr Sandra Westland and Dr Tom Barber and Core Foundation Training in Playback Theatre: using theatre and storytelling to build empathy with Playback Theatre UK.


You can contact us as Freelancers via:

Lisa: lisamariehoctor@hotmail.co.uk

Sam: Samantha-elizabeth-edwards@hotmail.co.uk

FACILITATING SKILLS

LISA

Teaching: Guest Lecturer in Theatre and Performance for BA Students.

Facilitating Training: Playback Theatre Core Foundations; using theatre to build empathy. Autism Awareness, Creating Accessible Content, Deaf Awareness, Dementia Awareness, Ethical Engagement, Ethical Verbatim Practice, Theatre in the Criminal Justice System, Theatre for Social Change, Supporting Women Exiting Domestic Violence and Sex Work, Suicide Awareness training, Counselling Listening Skills Level 2, Counselling Skills Level 3.

I love combining drama skills with my counselling training to build empathy, compassion, acceptance. With a background in recruitment I also specialise in combining drama with communication skills to get young people in to employment. I'm a visual learner, I like to see things, I like to connect with images and senses. I'm interested in how theatre can be transformative and healing. And how the arts can be used in a practical way to boost communication, build connection and community cohesion.

I have facilitated creative projects with people from all different types of backgrounds aged 10 month- 70+ in a variety of settings including schools, colleges, universities, community groups, mental health charities, women’s centres and secure women's refuges. I have devised Theatre Arts courses with adults with learning disabilities and their carers and love using my drama and communication skills to build confidence and nurture imagination.

I'm also currently training to qualify as a Psychotherapist and will be combining my Counselling and Drama skills in to Creative Therapy. 

Creative Idols: Cheryl Strayed, BRENE BROWN, fiona shaw AND JANE ARNFIELD.

 

 

 

SAM

Teaching: PQA Deputy Head

Facilitating Training: Arts Enrichment, Dyslexia Awareness, First Aid Training, Safeguarding Children, Ethical Verbatim Practice, Theatre for Social Change, Puppet-making. 

I specialise in working with people aged 5-18 using my skills to enrich the curriculum through art and drama. My work in the education system is driven by my belief that art should be for everyone. I have created work that looks at being a woman and our place in the world. I love working with communities and hearing their stories because listening and telling stories has the power to change the world. 

CREATIVE IDOLS: Barbara Streisand, Forced Entertainment and Sh!t Theatre.